Member since 1/1/06
Date: 7/28/07 7:33 PM
I saw an advert for a so called Saress. Its a shaped Sarong with loops in the corners which become shoulder straps for a dress when you wrap it around yourself.
Anyone seen a pattern or instructions on how to make something similar? It looks like a great idea for the beach or poolside.
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Sewing in Derbyshire, England
Member since 3/14/07
Skill: Advanced Beginner
In reply to RuthieSews
Date: 7/29/07 2:06 PM
Ruthis is it not a wee bit like the wrap around apron pattern that someone else asked about for hospital gowns. not tthat i am saying they are anything alike, but similair idea. thread on here somewhere. If I find it will let you know. Hopefully by that time someone else will have found a pattern for you. These are the sort of thing that they demonstrate round the pool on holiday with the wrap around trousers etc.
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Member since 11/14/03
Date: 7/29/07 5:04 PM
I think it's fantastic and can be easily duplicated or slightly modified. Get a rectangle of fabric 1 and 1/2 times the width of your hips (or the widest part of your torso) and long enough to fit your torso comfortably. Then scoop out where the armholes would go and create a casing for the elastic for the armholes...Think I'll try this one for the fun of it out of some stretchy, slinky fabric...
Member since 12/23/03
Date: 7/29/07 11:50 PM
Hmmm. It's worth trying with a length of fabric and safety-pinning on some elastic or ribbon hoops to test the placement and drape. After moving the armholes around and re-pinning to perfect the fit, it should be a breeze to sew.
"All things are difficult before they are easy."
Member since 1/12/04
Date: 8/2/07 10:18 AM
Here's a vintage sarong dress pattern. I thought there was a modern indy version somewhere, but I can't find it right now.
Edited to add: Birch Street Clothing has a Moroccan Sun Dress that can be used like a sarong dress. I have this pattern but have never used it. They also have a Javanese wrap dress that could possibly be modified.
Moroccan Sun Dress
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Member since 9/18/04
Date: 8/2/07 11:24 AM
This looks like another variation on the Infinity dress:
The "new" Infinity dress
which is itself a variation on a dress that was popular in the 1970's. I have a 70's vintage pattern for a dress almost exactly like this in my "collection" called the Infinite dress, basically a tube with two long tails on one end. The entire concept depends upon very stretchy synthetic knit fabric. The 70's pattern specifically calls for Qiana fabric. I am old enough to remember Qiana (and Disco).
What the heck is Qiana? you ask.
Here's a link to a tutorial about how to make your own infinity type dress. This one is more of a circle skirt with two "wrap your torso" tails.
Convertible dress tutorial
There was/is a lot of discussion about this on the Crafter's forum, with sewers making their own versions with personal variations.
Infinity dress variation
Which leads me back to the Saress, which seems to be a rectangle of stretchy knit (the right stretchy knit is key to this working), with one long side of the rectangle cut into a slight curve (to provide a lower edge at the back), so the ends of the rectangle come to "points" and circular tubes (the "straps") sewn into casings on the points. The casing allow gathers to form above the bust. That's my guess from the "how to put on the Saress" series of photos.
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Member since 6/14/12
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Date: 6/14/12 12:40 PM
I know that this is an old post but I too have been looking for a way to make this dress and after several days of trawling the net I have finally found out how to make it.
Here is the link.
I am looking forward to making this now
Member since 9/7/12
In reply to mastdenman
Date: 6/19/13 5:27 PM
Hello from Vancouver Island. Am trying to get ahold of a Birch Street Clothing pattern for the Javanese wrap dress which is no longer in print. Was unsure from your post whether or not you actually had this pattern and if so would be interested in selling it. Tnanks for any info you could kindly send me.
Member since 1/18/09
Skill: Advanced Beginner
In reply to abbie63
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Date: 6/19/13 6:55 PM
There're these instructions too....